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Question reference: S6W-25448

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 9 February 2024
  • Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 4 March 2024


To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the No Time To Wait model, which is being piloted in East Lothian by the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity to tackle the growing mental health needs of children and young people, is one that it would consider for wider roll out.


The Scottish Government welcomes the model of early intervention being piloted as part of the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) ‘No Time To Wait’ project. We will continue to engage with ECHC as the ‘No Time To Wait’ pilot continues and look forward to learning more from the evaluation of the model in due course.

We recognise the important role third sector organisations, such as ECHC, play in supporting and improving children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. That is why we fund a variety of organisations and services with a focus on prevention and early intervention to ensure all of Scotland’s children, young people and families receive the right care and support, at the right time, in settings which best meets their needs. In this financial year (23-24) we have invested a further £15 million into community mental health services for children, young people and families through our local authority framework to achieve this aim.